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7 accused in Rohtak Nepali woman rape and murder case sentenced to death

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NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday sentenced seven men to death after they were indicted the rape and murder of a Nepali woman suffering from mental illness, reports said.

Rohtak Court announced death by hanging to 7 accused in the case. A minor accused in the case is being tried in a juvenile court while a ninth suspect had committed suicide earlier.

After hearing arguments over the quantum of punishment, additional district and sessions judge Seema Singhal also imposed a fine of Rs 1.75 lakh each on the convicts, Padam, Pawan, Sunil, Sarwar, Rajesh, Sunil and Manbir, all in their twenties.

“Besides a judicial officer, I am also a human being and can hear the cry of the victim. Women are still facing crime and discrimination from males in our society and we still see gender bias in our system, but the judgment should send a strong message to the people and that is the need of the hour,” justice Singhal said.

A 28-year-old Nepali woman staying with her sister in Rohtak went missing on February 1. She was receiving treatment for mental illness at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mutilated body was found on February 4; the post-mortem report said pieces of condom and a stick was also found in her private parts. Her head had been bashed in, her private part; rectum and anus were all ruptured.

When the body was discovered, its two hands and left half of the body were missing.

“I got relief from the court’s decision, but the soul of my sister will rest in peace when the accused will be hanged to death,” the victim’s sister said after the verdict.

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7 injured in Dhading truck-microbus collision

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DHADING — Seven passengers were injured after a microbus and a truck collided head-on at Baireni in Galchhi rural municipality-6, Dhading on Thursday morning.

The cement loaded truck(Na 5 Kha 7386) en route to Kathmandu from Gajuri collided with the microbus(Ga 1 Kha 2966) coming from Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Driver of microbus along with other six have sustained injuries. Other injured are Ramendra Bishwokarma and Purna Kumari Gurung of Syangja, Aasha Gurung, Aarapi Gurung and Bibek Poudel of Kathmandu, Anju Chaudhary of Kaski and Suman Gurung of Lamjung, according to Area Police Office, Gajuri.

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